Microsoft, makers of the Xbox One and all other sorts of consumer entertainment and productivity extras from the home and office, is making waves with an announcement it made this morning. Earlier today the company revealed it’s purchasing Mojang, makers of the survival and open-world wonder that is Minecraft.
Microsoft and Mojang leaders announced the $2.5 billion deal in statements released almost at the same time. Microsoft’s own statement highlights why it felt compelled to make the purchase with Xbox head Phil Spencer saying, “At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people. Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms.”
For it’s part, Mojang is confirming that many of its staff will stay around and that the game’s development will continue. Microsoft confirmed that it has no plans to discontinue Minecraft on any of the platforms that it’s already available on. Microsoft’s plans to official add Mojang to its Microsoft Studios family of game makers later this year. Founder and original developer of Minecraft, Markus Persson won’t continue at the company he founded once the buyout is complete.
Minecraft just arrived on the Xbox One a few weeks ago.